Eastern Carolina Barbeque in LA?
Where can you get real Eastern Carolina style barbeque (vinegar based) in LA?
Not really. Some places offer a pulled pork sandwich that bears a passing resemblance to Carolina style BBQ like Baby Blues in Venice. There was a post saying that Uncle Andre's in Studio City in the Valley offered that style, but I have never been. Spring Street Smokehouse BBQ in the downtown LA area offers a "Carolina" style BBQ sauce and may be your best bet.
Baby Blues BBQ
444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Spring Street Smokehouse BBQ
640 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Uncle Andre's BBQ
11715 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91604
baby blue's is a favorite of mine but i can honestly say their pulled pork is no way close to real north carolina bbq. can't speak of spring street as i've never been.
If Lexington #1 in Lexington, NC, were within 500 miles, I'd get in the car and drive over today!
Back in Los Angeles, I'm not so specific about BBQ styles -- just grateful to find any edible Q, or even L, M, N, O, P. Being a naive idealist, I plan to try (or retry) a couple of places in the coming week and will report back if I find anything good whether Carolina style or not.
re: Professor Salt
Johnny Rebs' has "Carolina-style" pulled pork with what they call a Carolina sauce, but I haven't tried it, because JR's is no longer one of my favorites. (The quality of some items has slipped in recent years, although the hushpuppies are still great.) Also, not all Carolina sauce is vinegar-based, and not all vinegar-based sauces (if that's the real interest, here) originate in the Carolinas. E.g., I used to get a great vinegar sauce at a small chain in Richmond, VA, run by Virginians, not ex-pat Carolinians.
Johnny Rebs' Southern Roadhouse
16639 Bellflower Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706
Johnny Rebs' does have Carolina sauce, but it's western Carolina. Western Carolina sauce has ketchup in it; Eastern Carolina doesn't.
Eastern Carolina is my absolutely favourite barbecue, and JR isn't it. That isn't to say that the barbecue is bad (it isn't bad, far from it), but it isn't Eastern Carolina either.
Uncle Andre's is revolting. They steam their meat first and they must use liquid smoke because their pork doesn't have the ring on it. It gets all rubbery. It does not taste like barbecue, and their sauce is heavily sweet, which is more or less the antithesis of Eastern Carolina sauce.
I haven't found any Eastern Carolina barbecue here, but I don't exactly go up to LA much (from OC), so it could be lurking. I dream of Prosser's BBQ in Pawleys Island, SC...